The Toronto Star's reporter Josh Tapper has written a rather ignorant and biased article, passing it off as journalism, regarding an internal city memo to try and support MMA among youth in the Canadian city.
City councillor Doug Ford, the mayor's brother, has suggested schools in the largest city in Ontario look into a community service program supported by the UFC. As the article says:
According to the brochure, the program promotes "the development of discipline, respect, teamwork, honesty, time management and physical fitness" through mixed martial arts training and meetings with UFC fighters."
Sounds like a great idea, right? But the next paragraph says the UFC has become notorious for it's "brutal, bloody, no-holds barred fighting." As a journalist myself, I find it difficult to understand how someone can get away with writing blatant untruths. We all know there are dozens of barred holds.
The reporter then lazily finds a number of people who know nothing about MMA to back up the outrage he's manufacturing.
For the Americans who aren't aware, the Toronto Star is currently at war with the mayoral administration in Toronto, so this is more likely a case of trying to malign the administration. Unfortunately, MMA is an innocent bystander in this shoddy hit piece.